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The National Health Action party fully supports junior doctors’ industrial action

Consultant cancer specialist and leader of the National Health Action party, Dr Clive Peedell said: "The National Health Action Party is fully behind the junior doctors. We will fully support them if they ballot for industrial action. "It is clear they have the full support of the entire medical profession behind them. Consultant staff, GPs and other NHS workers will …

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Clive Peedell responds to Heidi Alexander in The Mirror

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-faces-worst-winter-crisis-6814165 The NHS is facing its worst winter crisis in 30 years due to a chronic underfunding that could put millions of patients at risk, Labour warns. Shadow Health Secretary Heidi ­Alexander fears hospitals will be plunged back into the dark days of the 80s when Tory cuts brought the service to its knees unless there is urgent funding. And …

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​Jeremy Hunt has torn up social contract between junior doctors and the state

Clive Peedell for The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/nov/11/jeremy-hunt-has-torn-up-social-contract-between-junior-doctors-and-the-state?CMP=share_btn_tw As doctors, we embark on a 40-year-plus career in the NHS knowing full well that work life is going to be tough. Long hours, a low starting salarycompared to other professions (earning £23,000 a year, compared with the national average salary of £27,000), high levels of stress, regularly doing extra work for no extra pay, …

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Using the current financial crisis as an excuse to call for co-payments and insurance for the NHS will lead to a two tier system, says NHA’s Dr Clive Peedell

“It's very worrying that David Bennett, until just over a week ago head of Monitor, has said that the NHS needs 'other sources' of revenue” says Dr Clive Peedell. “This clearly reveals that he is not a believer in a publicly funded NHS. The National Health Action party has been calling attention to this very predictable financial crisis for the …

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Deteriorating NHS finances are a direct result of this government’s chronic underfunding

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on the NHS funding crisis: "Deteriorating NHS finances are a direct result of this government's chronic underfunding, "efficiency savings" and counter-productive policies. "The National Health Action Party has consistently been warning that the Government's policy to impose further "efficiency savings" of £22bn by 2020 is reckless and will harm patient …

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Research shows that GP Sunday appointments are not in demand

Statement from Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party, in response to research on GP opening hours http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34732926: "GPs already provide 24/7 care through out of hours services focusing on urgent and emergency cases: there are 6 million urgent and emergency out of hour GP consultations a year. "This important research on routine weekend GP care's a body blow to David Cameron & …

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Chronic underinvestment in the NHS

Statement from Clive Peedell, Leader of the National Health Action Party: "The OECD report (http://www.oecd.org/health/health-at-a-glance-19991312.htm) confirms what the NHA Party consistently states: chronic underinvestment in the NHS has resulted in declining performance with damaging effects on patient care. "The last 5 years has seen a £20bn efficiency savings program that has led to rising waiting lists, a crisis in A&E and general practice, …

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Private sector healthcare requires same level of accountability & scrutiny as NHS care.

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, Leader of the National Health Action Party: "The BBC investigation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34660486 based on the report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) http://chpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CHPI-PatientSafety-Aug2014.pdf raises important questions about the public accountability of the private sector delivering healthcare in the UK. It is vitally important that this sector is subject to the same scrutiny as NHS providers of …

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